Gaspart: Neymar as wrong as Figo

Former Barcelona president Joan Gaspart has compared Neymar’s exit to that of Luis Figo and blasted the Brazilian for showing a lack of dignity and respect.

Figo joined Barca’s great rivals Real Madrid in a stunning €45m deal in 2000 (then a world record) in a deal which generated such animosity it saw the Portuguese winger have a pig’s head thrown at him upon his return to the Camp Nou.

"I've seen similar situations but Neymar is in the same boat as Figo, who was alone but now has Neymar for company," Gaspart told Cadena Ser.

"I've seen great players like Maradona and Ronaldo, who were better than Neymar, also leave Barca because other clubs paid their clauses.

"But they went with dignity, without making so much fuss. I've not liked his attitude with the club, with the supporters and with his teammates.

"It hurts me that people I respect are using this to blame the club; Neymar is the one to blame, full stop.

"It's not Barca's fault. It's not the board's fault. It's not the players' fault… they did everything for him to stay. It's Neymar's fault."

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